New Arrivals · Poetry

September 19, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


September 18, 2017
Sax, Sam, 1942- author.
82 pages ; 22 cm.
"An "astounding" (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems - Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series Competition In this ­­­powerful debut collection,sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately,Madnessattempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it"-- ǂc Provided by publisher.

Sun in days : poems

September 18, 2017
O'Rourke, Meghan, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
123 pages ; 22 cm

The amputee's guide to sex

September 15, 2017
Weise, Jillian Marie, author.
New York : Soft Skull, [2017]
xvii, 91 pages ; 21 cm

Lo que les dijo el licántropo = What the werewolf told them

September 15, 2017
Lima, Chely, 1957- author.
240 pages ; 19 cm

Ordinary beast : poems

September 14, 2017
Sealey, Nicole, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, 2017.
x, 64 pages ; 24 cm
"A striking debut full-length collection from Virgin Islands-born poet Nicole Sealey"-- Provided by publisher.


September 14, 2017
McDonough, Jill, author.
Farmington, Maine : Alice James Books, [2017]
63 pages ; 23 cm
""Reaper knocked me flat with its utter breathlessness. McDonough paints a stark picture of a soulless tomorrow ruled by the technologies of convenience-a tomorrow we just might stop if we could." -Patricia Smith These dark, straightforward poems showcase the power of technology by painting a vivid picture of America's expanding drone program and the havoc we wreak-and then ignore-around the globe. McDonough offers the past, present, and future as non-linear timelines, and explores how the intersection between man and machine is starting to blur, and how we're losing qualities essential to being human. From "My Sister Wants to Buy My Dad a Drone For Father's Day": What a pain in the ass to have a sister like me, who won't just fork over her share of the dough. Who has to feel dumb ways about things, distracted by names like DarkStar, Scan Eagle, Shadow, Wasp Block. Who doesn't want a toy airplane with a camera? My dad is not going to shoot suspected insurgents, hover over his neighbors' homes for days. Technology is fungible. Also really cool. Drones don't kill people, people et cetera. People drown in water. But I still want to drink it. Jill McDonough is the winner of a 2014 Lannan Literary Fellowship and three Pushcart prizes. She's received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford's Stegner program, and taught incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She directs the MFA program at UMass-Boston and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online"-- Provided by publisher.


September 12, 2017
Zamora, Javier, author.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2017]
x, 94 pages ; 23 cm
"A Lannan literary selection"--back cover.
"This gorgeous debut speaks with heart-wrenching intimacy and first-hand experience to the hot-button political issues of immigration and border crossings"-- Provided by publisher.

I know your kind : poems

September 8, 2017
Brewer, William, 1989- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2017.
75 pages ; 22 cm.

Candlelight in Quintero : poems

September 5, 2017
Petreman, David A.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, ©2011.
91 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm + 1 CD-R (4 3/4 in.)
The author reads "Candlelight in Quintero" in both English and Spanish on the audio CD.
"Dos Madres Press audio archive."--CD-R.

Pairings : poems

September 5, 2017
Spidel, Lianne.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press Inc., ©2012.
ix, 31 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Cover title.
"Ann (Brashear) Loveland and Lianne (Valleau) Spidel met in high school in Detroit and went together to Wittenberg University in Ohio, Ann as a Fine Arts major, Lianne as an English major. Both went on to teach and to raise families, Ann in Michigan, Lianne in Ohio, continuing to share their friendship and their work. In 2006, with the help of Ralph Pedersen, Ann’s husband, they self-published an Apple book, Pairs, linking–the logic is theirs alone–still life paintings with poems mostly about people. In the years since, they have continued to look for connections in their finished work, as well as to paint to poems and write poems to paintings, beginning with "Daughters of Eve," the painting based on the poem of the same name. The book Pairings is one result"--page ix.

In the land

September 1, 2017
Opengart, Bea.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, 2011.
xii, 57 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"In the Diaspora, the Book replaces and compensates for the the Land that is lost. But in Bea Opengart's In the Land, the Land and the Book are one. Opengart's accounting weaves personal reflection with precise reportage, the awareness of tradition with an openness to the changes, the upheavals, of contemporary Israeli life. Neither tourist nor native, she is, rather, the lost lover strangely returned, the stranger forever falling in love"-–Back cover.

Duties of the heart : a verse memoir

September 1, 2017
Opengart, Bea, author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, Inc., 2016.
ix, 56 pages ; 23 cm
Home (1) -- Sunday drive -- Living apart -- Small plane overhead -- Not sleeping -- Two portraits -- Elegy -- Way home -- Sisters -- My father's house -- Ghosts -- Scavenging -- Out of bounds -- Home (2) -- Intimacies -- At the sea -- At the river -- Storm -- Home (3) -- Driving at night -- Where pomegranates grew, the women danced -- Irrigation -- Desert exile -- Night drive -- Furies -- Tableau -- to the fields.
"A closely connected sequence of poems that revisit the geographical and experiential landscapes of Bea Opengart's youth in the desert southwest"--Publisher's website.

A 24-hour cotillion : selected poems

September 1, 2017
Trawick, Leonard M., author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres, 2016.
ix, 128 pages ; 23 cm
In A 24-hour cotillion, Leonard Trawick has chosen what he considers his best poems written over five decades, many of which have appeared in various anthologies and magazines but have never been collected in a single volume. He justifies the title by pointing out that, like the French dance, many of these poems employ intricate formal patterns--villanelles, rondeaus, ballades, sonnets, haikus, and the like. There are also looser forms--blank verse, free verse, prose poems, and nonce devices. The subject matter is similarly varied, ranging from old age and death to love, nature, family life, and the arts. In one section the poet recalls scenes from his growing up in the Deep South; in another he indulges in verbal riffs and a playful surrealism. The persona in some of the poems is that of a detached observer, presenting ideas at times in a serious manner, at times ironically or satirically; in other pieces the speaker is autobiographical, addressing a loved one or narrating a personal experience; and several poems are in the voices of dramatic characters clearly distinct from the poet. The diversity of form and content just described perhaps sounds more like hopscotch than a disciplined line dance. But taken all together, the collection choreographs the imaginative outlines of one poet's life.

An autobiography : poiēmata = poems

September 1, 2017
Tsonis, Panagiotis A., 1953-2016 author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press Inc., 2016.
ix, 59 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Autobiographical poems by Greek born Panagiotis A. Tsonis, who later lived in Japan and then the United States where he was the professor of molecular biology at the University of Dayton in Ohio. The book is strongly influenced by his life and culture in the three countries he has lived.

Reports from babylon and beyond : poems

September 1, 2017
Schloss, David, 1944- author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, Inc., 2015.
vii, 87 pages ; 23 cm.
In Reports from Babylon and Beyond, David Schloss delivers a blistering 'report' on disaster and war. It is also an intimate look at people -journalists, civilians, soldiers, officials- caught up in, or propagating, these catastrophes.

Between red & green : narrative of the Black Brigade : a storytelling poem

September 1, 2017
Williams, Tyrone, author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press Inc., 2016.
ix, 26 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Many parts of this poem were published separately as epigraphs to the images and sculptures that constitue the Black Brigade memorial set in Smale park on the riverfront of Cincinnati Ohio.

Hanging on our own bones

August 30, 2017
Grahn, Judy, 1940- author.
Pasadena, CA : Arktoi Books, [2017]
145 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction: contemporary lamentions in nine parts -- A woman is talking to death (1973) -- Helen you always were / the factory (1981) -- Descent to the roses of a family (1985) -- Amazon rising from the dust (1986) -- Women are tired of the ways men bleed (2003) -- Mental (2005) -- Crossing (2016).

In search of a prophet : a spiritual journey with Kahlil Gibran

August 30, 2017
Chandler, Paul Gordon, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
x, 181 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The sacred valley -- The heretic -- The lover -- The madman -- The tempest -- The prophet -- The son of man -- The wanderer -- A man for our times -- Timeline of the life of Kahlil Gibran.

The novice angler

August 28, 2017
Green, J. M. (James M.)
31 pages ; 22 cm

Thaw : poems

August 28, 2017
Dingman, Chelsea, author.
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2017]
xiv, 82 pages ; 22 cm.

Litanies said handedly : poetry, collage, & performance

August 28, 2017
La Charity, Ralph, author.|4aut
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, Inc., 2017.
xv, 133 pages : color illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm

The ratio of reason to magic : new & selected poems

August 28, 2017
Finkelstein, Norman, 1954- author.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, Inc., 2016.
x, 366 pages ; 23 cm
"Drawn from nine earlier volumes -nearly forty years of poetry- The Ratio of Reason to Magic provides a rich selection of the work of Norman Finkelstein, whom Lawrence Joseph has called 'a master poet writing out and out of our collective poesis'. It also includes the opening movement of Finkelstein's new serial poem, From the Files of the New Immanent Foundation. Equally attuned to the Objectivist tradition and the latter-day romanticism of the New American poetry, steeped in Kabbalah and Gnosticism, Finkelstein's utopian vision may be seen here to its fullest extent" --Back cover.

Rummage : poems

August 23, 2017
Oputa, Ife-Chudeni A., author.
New York : Little A, [2017]
88 pages ; 21 cm
We are sitting around discussing our shame -- A brief history of she -- Lessons on the body -- All the dead call you friend.
"Her poems explore the eternal themes of the human condition -nature, origin, shame, identity, desire, mortality- with sensitivity and specificity. They illuminate and interrogate the ways that her characters inflict experience pain, ultimately revealing how we must all face our shame in order to grow. No person is blameless; no person is exempt. Divided into four sections, the collection reads as a life of cycle of emotional metamorphosis: girlhood and sexuality, trauma, relationships and grief" --Inside cover.

So where are we?

August 22, 2017
Joseph, Lawrence, 1948- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
68 pages ; 22 cm
"A stunning and thoughtful new poetry collection"-- Provided by publisher.

The surveyors : poems

August 22, 2017
Salter, Mary Jo, author.
viii, 89 pages ; 22cm
I. Yield ; Bratislava ; The profane piano tuner ; Pastry level ; Aloe ; Mr. boyfriend ; Dragnet ; Today's specials ; A word from our sponsor ; We'll always have parents ; Vierge ouvrante ; The bickers ; Little men ; Smoking the dead sea scrolls ; St. Florian with burning church ; Advantage federer ; Tennis in the snow -- II. The surveyors -- III: from Rooms of light: the light of photographs. Paparazzi ; Here I am ; I've got your picture -- IV. A vanity table ; So far ; Old saw ; Drapery for god the father ; Moon-breath ; The buttonhook ; Little star, 2015 ; A woman's tale ; Lo sposalizio ; The hotel belvedere ; an Afghan carpet -- Acknowledgments.
"time is hurtling, but these poems try to slow it down to examine its curious by-products -the prints of Dürer, an Afghan carpet, photographs kep of people lost. The title poem, a crown of sonnets, survey's key moments in the poet's past and the seemingly sci-fi future of the universe. Throughout, in a tone of ironic wonderment, placing rich new love poems alongside poems of leave-taking, Salter invites the reader to weigh and ponder the way things have turned out -for herself, for all of us- and perhaps to conclude, as she does, 'that's funny...'" --Inside dust jacket.

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